THE ONE THING RICH PARENTS DO FOR THEIR KIDS THAT MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE | washingtonpost.com
How the rise of income segregation effects children by creating highly segregated schools… “Advocates of integrated schools — which researchers believe provide greater benefits for poorer and minority students — often argue that we should use housing policy to address deeply entrenched educational inequalities. Build more affordable housing in good school districts, or simply break down exclusionary housing policies there, and we’d create more integrated schools.”
BEYONCÉ AND ‘LEMONADE’ ARE GIVING THESE FEMINIST SCHOLARS SO MUCH TO DEBATE | washingtonpost.com
An interesting discussion among feminist scholars about the whether or not to praise or condemn the singer’s visual album….“If a pop culture icon flaunts her beauty and sexuality, does that make her an empowered feminist — or an unwitting agent of the patriarchy?”…Hooks – an eminent scholar who once declared Beyoncé a “terrorist” after she posed in lingerie on the cover of Time — published a nuanced essay Monday that found some reasons to praise the star singer’s latest effort: “It is the broad scope of Lemonade’s visual landscape that makes it so distinctive — the construction of a powerfully symbolic black female sisterhood that resists invisibility, that refuses to be silent,” hooks wrote. “This in and of itself is no small feat — it shifts the gaze of white mainstream culture. It challenges us all to look anew, to radically revision how we see the black female body.” Yet it wasn’t exactly a rave review. Hooks also noted the “utterly aestheticized” presentation of the female form in Beyoncé’s project, and questioned whether the album does anything to resolve the challenges faced by black women: “Simply showcasing beautiful black bodies does not create a just culture of optimal well being where black females can become fully self-actualized and be truly respected,” Hooks wrote.
Body Positivity Week at Buzzfeed.com. Yes, please.
HOLDING IT TOGETHER WHEN YOU’RE A SHORT-TEMPERED PARENT | scarymommy.com
The conflict between wanting to invoke your inner Gandhi and the realities of dealing with potty training…“It always catches me off-guard how quickly I go from zero to pissed off over seemingly minor infractions. It’s just that when I am in a state of perpetual exhaustion, small things are actually really big things. I don’t want to get mad at my child for splashing toothpaste water all over the bathroom mirror for the hundredth time after I reminded him repeatedly not to. I want to channel my inner Gandhi and remain calm. The problem is, I literally just finished cleaning up a mess in the other room, I am 12 hours into my day, and a toddler is clinging to my leg. I’m fresh out of calm. Did Gandhi ever have to potty train another human being? I would guess no, which explains his level of Zen.”
|Found on Kendll-Jackson blog|
THINGS TO DO & THEATRE TO SEE
NYC theatre-lovers be on the look out for Fountain Theatre’s Citizen: An American Lyric to get its off-Broadway production at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Catch some fun new musicals like Tuck Everlasting or Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour on Broadway. And be sure to check out the Hallett Nature Sanctuary – four acres in Central Park – reopening after a massive restoration project. The section has been closed since the 1930s. Definitely mark your calendars for the 54th Annual Shakespeare in the Park festival at Central Park starting May 24th with The Taming of the Shrew.